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London Knights goalie Brett Brochu of Tilbury began Canada’s national junior team selection camp Monday in Red Deer, Alta.

Egor Afanasyev of the Windsor Spitfires tries to get to a rebound in front of London Knights goaltender Brett Brochu at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ont., on Friday January 31, 2020. Mike Hensen/The London Free Press/Postmedia Network

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Brochu at Team Canada’s camp

London Knights goalie Brett Brochu of Tilbury began Canada’s national junior team selection camp Monday in Red Deer, Alta.

Brochu, 18, is one of 18 OHL players at the 46-player camp, which will run until Dec. 13.

The former Dresden Jr. King led the Ontario Hockey League last season with a 2.40 goals-against average as a rookie. He was second in save percentage (.919) and tied for second in wins (32).

The camp begins with several days of practice and off-ice activity before the first scrimmage is held Saturday.

After three intrasquad scrimmages, the Team Canada hopefuls will play six exhibition games against a team of Canadian university players.

The camp roster includes six players who helped Canada win gold at the 2020 world junior championship.

The 2021 championship will begin Dec. 25 in Edmonton.

“We know our athletes are excited for the opportunity to defend gold on home ice this year, and we expect a highly competitive selection camp with a number of difficult decisions to be made when it comes time to select the players who will wear the Maple Leaf in Edmonton in December,” Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada’s senior vice-president of national teams, said in a statement.

The camp roster has five goalies.

Stubberfield wins regional bronze

Adrian Stubberfield of Chatham won a bronze medal at Ontario’s West Region cross-country championship Saturday in London.

Stubberfield placed third in the under-20 boys’ six-kilometre race in 20 minutes 31.4 seconds.

He competed for the Windsor Legion Track and Field Club.

Athletics Ontario held three regional championships rather than one province-wide meet because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Central Region was in Markham and the East Region was in Brockville.

Runners began the races in waves, or smaller groups, rather than in a mass start.

Emma Pegg of Morpeth was 18th in the under-18 girls’ six-km race in 25:37.1 for the Windsor Legion club.

Carleton finally plays in France

Bridget Carleton of Chatham is scheduled to play Saturday with Landerneau Bretagne Basket against Montpellier in the French women’s basketball league.

Carleton made her long-awaited season debut Nov. 6 with 10 points, nine rebounds and two steals in an 82-77 win over Lyon.

It was the first game for Bretagne (3-2) since Oct. 17 for coronavirus-related reasons.

Bretagne is also scheduled to play Nov. 28 against Lyon.

Carleton is in her first season in France after playing last winter in Australia. She was on the court this summer for her second WNBA season with the Minnesota Lynx.

Agosta ousted in Battle of the Blades

Former Chatham Outlaws and Chatham-Kent Cyclones forward Meghan Agosta has been eliminated with her partner, Andrew Poje, from CBC’s Battle of the Blades.

They were ousted from the show after a three-team skate-off Thursday.

Agosta, a four-time Olympic medallist, and Poje won $25,000 for the charity of their choice, the BC Children’s Hospital.

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